Kayaking / Canoeing Lessons
The De Anza College Outdoor Club offers kayaking and canoeing lessons at the De Anza pool, usually the last weekend of each quarter. The club provides paddles, two or three models of boats and all sizes of lifejackets. (This lesson is not required for any of our kayaking trips.)
The olympic sized pool really is big enough:
We give a basic safety and paddling technique lesson on the pool deck first, which people who do not want to participate in the water can watch from the pool bleachers for free, then have paddling practice and often races. Anyone can come for the lecture and demonstration, but you must be a currently enrolled De Anza student or staff member to participate in a boat on the water.
If you are not enrolled in one of the Outdoor Club advisor’s classes you must bring proof of current enrollment at De Anza or a staff photo I.D.
Cost is $15 Outdoor club members, $25 non-members. $15 will be credited towards a future trip within one year for those who help with the chores until all the work is done (re-loading kayaks/gear on to the trailer, swimming back lane lines, etc.) which can take until an hour or two or even three after the lesson if it coincides with a swim class.
The lesson and practice using the De Anza owned ocean and lake/river type kayaks (and sometimes a canoe) usually runs for two to two and a half hours, with the actual canoeing and kayaking taking place in the De Anza pool for about an hour or hour and a half (if we have a big group). If we have a big group, kayaks will probably need to be shared, partnerships can be formed that day.
Each lesson participant is responsible for unloading the kayak they will use and getting it to the pool deck,
(which must be done by two people), as well as for helping pull lane lines out of the pool and hanging up wet life jackets.
The Outdoor Club
will make no profit from club members on this event.
Cost is $15 members, $25 non-members. ($15 of each lesson participant’s fee will be pooled and split as a credit
towards future events (within one year) among those who help with all the chores at the end of the lesson, until we are completely done, including canoe/kayak re-loading and help with swimming lanelines back or otherwise putting lanes lines back in place in the pool. If the lesson coincides with a swim class the chores might not finish until and hour or so after the lesson.
In other words, either you stick around after the lesson to help with the chores involved, or your lesson fee pays someone else to. That’s the ‘cost’ to club members.
Membership is $15 for 365 days. More reasons why you should become a member are at: Membership benefits
We try to do this lesson every quarter. Outdoor Club Coming Attractions has the next date/time and how to find us to sign up.
After a brief lesson, we launch and then have some practice.
There is enough room to get up some speed:
And then, why not a race?
Complete with the usual beginners’ chaos and collisions:
Optional: besides a lesson and practice paddling the De Anza owned lake/river type kayaks/canoe,
we get out the ocean kayaks. People who intend to go on our Spring Break Monterey ocean kayak day trip can get a little practice with this style, and intentionally fall out of and climb back into
See: practice how to climb back in to an ocean kayak.
You don’t have to know how to swim, but to participate in this part of the lesson you
must pass the pre-surf swim test — see next paragraph–, OR you must jump into the diving well (16 feet deep
pool), while wearing a lifejacket, so wear a swimsuit under your clothes, as the locker rooms may not be open
(but there are showers at the pool deck to rinse off after).
Optional: If you intend to do the surfing lessons prerequisite swim test you need to wear a swimsuit under your
clothes, as the locker rooms may not be open (but there are showers at the pool deck to rinse off after). To
participate in Outdoor Club surfing lessons, usually offered at least each spring quarter, you must pass a swim
test: jump into minimum 14-foot deep water, before you surface swim two full body lengths underwater, surface
and tread water (not a flutter kick) for thirty seconds, then swim a minimum 35 yards head-up crawl or head-up
breaststroke (all this without stopping). Instead of taking the swim test, you can provide a current Red Cross or
YMCA lifeguard card or scuba certification.
This lesson is a great way to get ready for our
Monterey ocean kayak day trip, but most people go on it with no experience.
Once you pass the surfing lesson swim test you can go to the surfing lessons
Outdoor Club Coming Attractions has the details about the date and price of our next surfing lesson and Monterey Bay ocean kayak day trip, as well as how to find us to sign up for events.
Interested? Read more details:
The lesson is only open to De Anza
Interesting weather does not cancel club events. (rain would not cancel
this lesson, but lightning would).
NO REFUNDS except if the club cancels. If we cancel during the event, only
people attending will get a refund. If you are so late that we have already unloaded kayaks and started the lesson
you might not participate and will not get a refund. The lesson is limited to 18 people unless we do two sessions and people should sign
up in advance to be certain of a place.
You must either be known to the club advisor as a student or teaching assistant in one of her classes, or bring proof you are currently a De Anza student or staff.
Many people wear a swimsuit with appropriate clothes as needed for the weather over the swimsuit. We
recommend you wear clothes, shoes or sandals that can get wet or go barefoot (at least a little splash of water
can be expected). Wear croakies or other eyewear retainers to hold on your sunglasses, and put your car keys in
a safe place where they won’t fall out of your pocket into the water. Some people bring a bottle of water, or
thermos of warm, non-alcoholic beverage, but please no glass containers on the pool deck. Warm clothes in the
morning if it is cold are important, including non-cotton long johns and gloves in colder weather. Rain would
not cancel the trip so a rain jacket and pants would be wise if it looks cloudy. Some people bring a camera, but a
waterproof one is the best idea (especially because most float). Bring towels and a change of clothes in case you
end up in the water. Wear sunscreen and a hat with a brim for low-angle morning sun.
People must sign that they will pay for any needed repairs if they hit the walls of the pool with their craft hard enough to damage the tiles, but so far this has not happened.
Nope, you can’t bring your own boat.
You must wear a securely fastened lifejacket, which the club will provide.
Look for the pools and the PE quad in almost the center of the campus map at http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/map/
There are lots of other on campus activities at De Anza College every week. De Anza College home games also has links to student recitals, dance
performances and art exhibitions.
The Outdoor Club is a completely volunteer organization, neither the officers nor the advisor are paid. As a result you will not get the same ‘service’ from us as from a professional group. We do not have the time to return phone calls or emails from people asking questions that they could have found the answers to by simply looking through this website. We can’t always find a way to sign up people who can’t make it to our regular meetings, to a class when we are there, or to a table we have on campus. People who wait until the last minute to sign up are sometimes left out. Please don’t e-mail the club advisor (this website) as I don’t have the time to answer club info requests.